Laptop Turns Off When Moved? 5 Solutions

Does your laptop turn off when moved? This can be an extremely annoying issue and possibly cause more problems because you could lose unsaved work and possibly damage laptop components.

Here’s what to do.

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Why does my Laptop Turn Off When Moved?

Laptops can turn off when being moved for a number of reasons:

  • The laptop is overheating causing a temporary shutdown to protect components from melting (caused by dust and dirt build up in the air vents)
  • The laptop has a faulty battery which is dying
  • The laptop has loose connections within the motherboard and might even be causing short circuits
  • The laptop has a drop sensor which is malfunctioning and causing the shutdown when it has not been dropped
  • The laptop has a faulty power management mode which is shutting it off to save power

How To Fix laptop turning off when moved

Here are some solutions to fix your laptop turning off when being moved.

Not every laptop has this issue either, so it could be a manufacturer fault. If your laptop is still under warranty I would suggest calling up your manufacturer and seeing if you can get it repaired.

solution 1: Fix Overheating

You can cool down your laptop significantly if you open up the case and clean out any dirt or dust that is trapped. Here how you can clean the dust from your laptop.

There are other options too, like using a can of compressed air to blow out the dust without even opening the case. You can do this by blowing the air through the air vents from the front of the laptop.

You will be surprised with how much dust you can pull out of the inside of your laptop if you open up the case. For the best results, you should be cleaning your laptop at least twice a year.

solution 2: Run Safe Mode

You can switch your laptop into safe mode and see if the problem still persists by:

  • Pressing Windows key + R
  • Typing msconfig into the box
  • Choosing the boot tab
  • Under boot options choose safe boot
  • Restart PC.

You can also run hardware diagnostics to see if Windows can resolve the problem by:

  • Restarting or booting laptop
  • Pressing F12 when you see the manufacturer logo
  • Press diagnostics from one time boot menu
  • Let it test the hardware for an error code
  • Look up the error code on google

If you pass this test, you can enter safe mode with networking by:

  • Restarting laptop again
  • Press F8 when you see the manufacturer logo
  • Choose safe mode with networking from advanced boot option

Windows also has a fast startup option which can cause issues with your hardware. You might want to disable this by:

  • Going to control panel
  • Choose Power Options
  • Click “You have complete control over what the power buttons do”
  • Click “Change settings that are presently unavailable”
  • Untick “Turn on fast startup in the same window (recommended)”
  • Save
  • Restart Laptop

solution 3: Hardware Fix

Hardware is the next possible problem that has to be fixed. Either you have a faulty AC adapter, power supply, HDD or battery. Power supplies and harddrives are known to shut off laptops when they are moved because they get very faulty over time.

If you have a Hard drive instead of an SSD then that could be the problem because hard drives can die after 1 year. The only way to fix this is to get it replaced. You could possibly try defragmenting your HDD as well.

Maybe it’s your power supply. If that’s the case then you need to get it repaired via warranty or a repair shop. Voltage fluctuations can occur with the power supply and cause this issue.

If this is the case then you want to get it repaired before you destroy components by running them under unstable voltage. You can try only running your laptop unplugged and by just using the battery.

Power sockets can cause fluctuations in voltage and can be fixed with a voltage stabilizer attachment. Make sure any power plugs are properly plugged all the way in to prevent any issue.

Hard windows resets can also fix any faulty hardware issues. I only recommend this if your laptop is not under warranty and you want to repair it yourself. This can be risky if you don’t know what you’re doing. You can do this by:

  •  Shutting down your computer.
  • Removing the hard drive, battery, power supply, and externally connected devices. Take them out one by one
  • Hold down the power button for 60 seconds.
  • Turn the power off
  • Connect charger and install battery.
  • Turn on computer and see if the problem has been resolved.

Solution 4: Drivers

Also, update your drivers!

Make sure you have updated all your drivers including your GPU to see if the problem was a software + hardware one. You can open your device manager and go through the list by right clicking and checking for driver updates.

Solution 5: Advanced Power Settings

Windows 10 has some power settings which can interfere with your laptop. Modify them by:

  • Go to control panel.
  • Click Hardware and Sound
  • Click your default power plan options in Power Options.
  • Click Change Plan Settings
  • Click Change advanced power settings
  • In the Minimum processor state, check for Processor power management and change the number from 100 to 0.
  • Locate a hard disk. Set the power to “never” in power settings.
  • Use these settings in both plugged-in and off-battery mode.
  • Save and restart your laptop.


Laptops turning off when being moved can be super annoying. It can cause you to lose any unsaved work and make you paranoid to move it at all. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can fix it and I have outlined them in this article.

Grayson is a laptop specialist who writes informational articles and reviews about all kinds of laptops.